Thanks for your messages of welcome for me in this community - which I appreciate very much.
On the topic of translation - I need to look at what is available in French following your indications. I would really love to take this further - let me get back in touch once I've read the "French stuff".
I've already begun to think on how to make this possible, as this idea/project seems to me both of value to the community at large as well as to me, in fact.
I'm beginning the process of outlining a World Cafe forum in Istanbul, Turkey where I am currently doing field research about inter-faith dialogue and social movements in Islamic culture. I very much look forward to sharing my experiences here with you!!
I will also have questions arise soon as I gain a better idea for the date/theme of the conversation, so I look forward to diving into the specifics of hosting an event.
Thank you for your kind welcome to The World Café Community, and also for your encouraging comments.
A key interest for me, and has been for many years, is the idea of ‘shared learning’ as a way of achieving social and organizational success and sustainability, a learning encouraged by the ‘exercise of leadership’
As you can see from my website (http://www.afairerworld.com) for me the origins of the word leadership are closely associated with the word path, or way, or the course of a ship at sea and the leader, or more correctly, the elders not so much directed as accompanied others on a journey. Here, the exercise of leadership was very much allied to having the knowledge and understanding, along with the empathy necessary when people felt lost and sometimes frightened, or when they thought the journey too difficult, and maybe so long that aims and objectives became somewhat nebulous and difficult to hold onto, and thus were in danger of becoming unreachable.
At such times the people helped, supported and encouraged one another via the sharing of ideas and actions, while some, particularly the elders articulated the common aims of the group and kept the goals alive so that those tasks that needed to be achieved, in order that the group survive and prosper were indeed accomplished.
In terms of preparing the leaflet for the World Cafe event, do you describe the WC event in detail on the leaflet? I only wrote what the WC method is about and that it takses place by the coffee table with mx 5 people sat there....Also, I heard I am not allowed to use the phrase the World Cafe so I did use other word like the Discovery Cafe.....
thank you for your comments. you enlighted me a bit. I was thinking that there is one main there and that the groups work exploring this one question in their onw ways... so there is one main theme and sub questions for each of the rounds. ...I will read the materials on the web. Thank you. I will possibly come back to you with more questions;-) Many thanks again ahave a gread day xx Jo
Dear Amy thank you for welcoming me. I am first to the world cafe. I read about this concept however I struggle with one issue. In terms of questions, I am not sure whether it is me who forms the main question and then, present sub questions at the meeting for each table? I want to organise the meeting between the coaches and their clients and i am in a process pf preparing an ad for this meeting. I do not know whether I shall form one question and the group is to work to this question or whether I form one main theme and small sub themes for the meeting?Your help would be appreciated. Thank yo.u. Joanna
Thanks for the warm welcome Amy, At my first World Café, I was a new participant invited to a new group, apparently very familiar with each other. The tables sizes were 5-6 people, there were some voices not included at a table or two I sat at. A simple O level question go around for the first table question, might help. I also felt unheard, in that the table host did not note my comments, which was from a different perspective than what I heard at the table. I didn't press it as an outsider, curious about who, what and why I was invited to participate. I liked the process, and saw some exposure to new ideas. With my ToP facilitation training I am highly alert to all voices heard and a layering of questions to assure safety as the conversation deepens and action considered. I am very grateful to join this community and the clear dedication to building a better world. Thanks for all you do. Halakasla
Once I look over the resources, I'd love to connect to get more guidance on hosting World Cafe conversations. I am particularly interested in learning more about how other schools and districts have used this process to engage members of their communities.